Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome

Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome is often known as shin splints.  It’s a condition that causes pain on the inside part of your shin and is commonly referred to as a shin splint because of the location of the pain. People with Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome will usually feel pain on the inner part of the shin after or during an exercise. Over time the pain can become more pronounced or worsen if not treated. Something to consider and watch out for are some common risk factors that may lead to Medial tibial stress syndrome.

Most common risk factors of Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome include:

  • An increased body mass index

  • Women are most at risk

  • Being an athlete: Especially if the sport involves repetitive jumping or running

  • Flat arches

  • Excessive hip range motion

If you’re worried about the risk factors, there are many different ways to prevent these sharp pains in your shins.

  • Purchase insoles to reduce flat arches

  • Make sure you are using good quality running shoes/replace worn pairs

  • Talk to your physician about using a flat foot brace which can help provide support for your arches to lift your arch which relieves pressure

  • Simple stretches

  • Perform balance and strength exercises

There are also many different ways to relieve your persistent pain. You can do the following:

  • Apply ice packs

  • Rest

  • Anti-inflammatory gel

  • Use orthotics

  • Compression sleeves

  • Visit a physical therapist

A  physical therapist will help you to determine what factors may have caused your Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome and how to optimally treat it. Farmingdale Physical Therapy East, conveniently located in Farmingdale, New York, will help you best evaluate the cause and provide an optimal healing plan. Working with a physician, like a physical therapist will help prevent this issue from worsening. We here at Farmingdale Physical Therapy East will give you an individual treatment plan through in-session exercises and modalities as well as at-home exercises. Contact us today!

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